The Boys of Fall

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"The Boys of Fall"
Single by Kenny Chesney
from the album Hemingway's Whiskey
B-side "Living in Fast Forward (Live)"
Released July 12, 2010 (2010-07-12)
Format CD single
Genre Country

6:30 (album version)

4:21 (single edit)
Label BNA
Songwriter(s) Casey Beathard
Dave Turnbull
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney singles chronology
"Ain't Back Yet"
"The Boys of Fall"
"Somewhere with You"
"Ain't Back Yet"
"The Boys of Fall"
"Somewhere with You"

"The Boys of Fall" is a song written by Casey Beathard and Dave Turnbull and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in July 2010 as the lead single from his 12th studio album Hemingway's Whiskey.[1]


The song talks about playing high school football. Chesney says the song "is a perfect description of how I grew up and where I grew up."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a four-out-of-five stars review, saying that if the song "is an indication as to where Hemingway's Whiskey is going," he predicts that Chesney has a "monster of an upcoming album."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video debuted on August 2, 2010 on ESPN's SportsCenter. It features many famous football players and coaches talking about their experiences playing high school football and advice they would give to kids, as well as clips of famous players and coaches from the college and professional ranks, past and present. Directed by Shaun Silva, the video is over eight minutes in length.

Much of this video was shot in and around Celina, Texas, specifically at Celina High School's football stadium (Celina High is one of the state's dominant football teams, having won or co-won eight state titles). Other scenes were filmed in Naperville, Illinois, at the Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, and at Gibbs High School in Tennessee, where Chesney played football.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Boys of Fall" (Single Edit) – 4:21
  2. "Living in Fast Forward" (Live) – 3:55


On the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated July 31, 2010, the song debuted at number 17,[5] becoming Chesney's highest debut on the charts since "Don't Blink" debuted at number 16 in September 2007.[6] The song peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in August as the 2010 high school football season commenced across the nation. The song became Chesney's eighteenth Number One single on the country charts for the week of October 9, 2010.[7] With its peak, Chesney has charted at least one Number One song for each year since 2001.[8]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 18
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 77

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 35
Preceded by
"Our Kind of Love"
by Lady Antebellum
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

October 9-October 16, 2010
Succeeded by
"All Over Me"
by Josh Turner


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Jun 22nd 2010 2:30PM by Stephen L. Betts Comments (2010-06-22). "Kenny Chesney Takes a Shot of 'Hemingway's Whiskey'". The Boot. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  2. ^ Kenny Chesney's 'Hemingway's Whiskey': Track-By-Track Preview
  3. ^ NAME:. "Kenny Chesney - "The Boys of Fall" | New Country Music, Listen to Songs & Video". Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Boys of Fall: Kenny Chesney: Music". Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Top Country Songs". Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  6. ^ "Top Country Songs". Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Chart Highlights". Billboard. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Trust, Gary (29 September 2010). "Kenny Chesney Scores A Perfect 10". Billboard. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – The Boys of Fall". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 9, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH